Non communicable diseases can have knock-on effects for local areas. For example, in areas where there are high levels of obesity, smoking and excess alcohol consumption, there are likely to be a high occurrence of certain non-communicable diseases. This can put pressure on the resources of local hospitals.
Non communicable diseases are also costly at a national level because the NHS provides the resources for the treatment of patients all over the UK. And sometimes, people suffering from a non-communicable disease may not be able to work. A reduction in the number of people able to work can affect a country's economy.
As well as being costly, non-communicable diseases are very costly, CVD is the no1 cause of death worldwide. In developing countries, malnutrition is also a big problem because people are not able to access enough food. The high cost and occurrence of these diseases can hold back the development of a country- they have a global level impact.